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Death & the Maiden 

When: July 28-Aug. 8 2010
Price: $18-$22
www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org

You don't live through a coup and write about sunshine and roses. Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman was forced to leave Chile after the 1973 deposal of Salvador Allende, for whom he was a cultural advisor, by General Augusto Pinochet. Written in 1990 and later turned into a 1994 film by Roman Polanski starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, Death and the Maiden reflects Dorfman's empathy for the thousands who "disappeared" during Pinochet's regime. The story concerns an encounter between a woman, Paulina, who recognizes a doctor, Gerard as the man who raped her while she was a political prisoner for opposing her country's fascist dictatorship. Part of Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, the play runs through Aug. 8 with 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. showings. —Belem Destefani

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